HOBBS & SHAW REVIEW
Full confession: I liked it a lot more than I thought I would- and it wasn’t just because Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are in it. I promise! But I do like both these dudes a lot. But Hobbs & Shaw was the most fun I’ve had at the movies all summer long, and if your kids want to see it, be sure to check the Hobbs & Shaw Parent Movie Review for age recomendations.
Hobbs & Shaw Review
This movie is ridiculous. I mean, pretty much on all levels from the action sequences to the jokes back and forth to the CIA operative wearing a Be-Fri necklace that is Ryan Reynolds.
But here’s the thing: it knows it. And it leans into it and just has fun.
If you go in expecting some great fight scenes (cars, helicopters, hand-to-hand, flamethrowers- OH MY!) and some amusing banter between Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs) and Jason Statham (Shaw) and be good with that, then you’ll have a blast in the theater.
I know I did. This was the most fun I’ve had all summer long since most of the movies I’ve seen (and I think I’ve seen almost all of them!) were lacking that self-awareness that Hobbs & Shaw has.
From the moment we see Idris Elba and they ask who he is- we know this. Because his response is, “I’m the bad guy.”
So okay then, that’s how this is going to be.
Yes, that’s exactly how this movie is going to be. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else, so you shouldn’t either. If you leave any, oh, logic behind, you’ll enjoy this movie much more.
While Fast & The Furious is always about family, this one has its share of family-themed moments. And I’d be okay revisiting this family in another fun sequel.
As long as they bring back Vanessa Kirby, who kicked some major booty, I’d be in the theaters again.
It’s not Marvel level or anything like that- and Johnson, with all due respect, just can’t compete with Cap’s epic helicopter scene.
But it is fun, fast and just what was needed this summer. You thought I’d say furious, didn’t you?
About Hobbs & Shaw
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.
But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
Runtime: 138 minutes
When Can You Pee During Hobbs & Shaw?
There is a ton of action in this movie. So much that it’s hard to take the few down moments to breathe much less run to the bathroon during Hobbs & Shaw.
But if you gotta go, here’s my vote for moments that will allow for a quick pee break during the movie without missing too much of the action or plot.
- When Hobbs & Shaw are first together. As soon as Shaw walks out, run to the bathroom. That’s at 21 minutes into the movie.
- The next chance to go is after a huge car chase scene. After the double-decker bus incident, you can go pee during Hobbs & Shaw. 40 minutes in.
- Or at 46 minutes in when the three-some of Hobbs & 2 Shaws decide to go get a drink. You won’t miss anything here.
- When they arrive in Russia and meet Margarita at 60 minutes in
- And finally, after a big fight scene in the Russian laboratory. That’s around the 1:23 minute mark and it’s the last time I’d suggest leaving to go to the bathroom during Hobbs & Shaw.
Are there End Credit Scenes in Hobbs & Shaw?
While the Fast & Furious movies aren’t known for end credit scenes, there have been a few popped up in previous movies.
Usually, it’s to set up what’s coming in a next installment.
Hobbs & Shaw actually has 3 of them. But they don’t appear to be setting up the next movie, honestly.
But they are fun, so stick in your seat so you don’t miss any of the end credit scenes in Hobbs & Shaw.
Hobbs & Shaw Parent Movie Review
Is Hobbs & Shaw ok for kids? Just how family-friendly can a Fast & Furious movie be? I’d say this one isn’t as bad as some of them for a few reasons.
Language: yup- tons of it. If hearing repeated jokes about the size of a guys penis, the occasional F word, and multiple uses of other typical swear words isn’t right for your family, skip this one.
Nudity: none! But there is an up-close shot of a woman’s backside as she’s dancing and she’s only wearing underwear sized clothing. But that’s pretty much it.
Sex: also none, but there were a few kissing scenes.
Violence: this is where the movie earns its PG-13 rating. People are killed, blood is shed, and things blow up. A lot of things in pretty spectacular ways. Cool for adults, but maybe not so cool for younger children.
The main issue I have with the movie for children is that it’s pretty long. With an over 2 hour runtime, younger children may not be able to sit through the whole thing.
Hobbs & Shaw isn’t terrible from a family-friendly point of view, but I can’t say I’d recommend it for any kids under the age of 10. Older if you have language concerns in your household.
Rating: solid 8 from me
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Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.